Teams from the Longbox
FEATURING Adventure Comics 319 The Legion Suicide Squads
The mysterious planet Throon is causing havok in the space lanes, and a force of heroes is sent to investigate. When they don't return another squad is sent on a "suicide mission". When that force fails, yet another squad is dispatched...and should that force fall, who will be left to carry the day?
To see three different 500-point HeroClix force of Legionnaires from Adventure Comics 319, follow the link!
Synopsis: This issue has the Legion of Super-Heroes trying to stop a massive ziggurat on the planet Throon from disrupting space travel. This issue is interesting because all of the Legionnaires are sent into action during this issue. No current Legionnaire is unaccounted for, except for Supergirl...but she has typically not appeared with Superboy, so this is understandable.
Wave after wave of Legionnaires is defeated, and eventually it is up to the Legion of Substitute Heroes to save the day! I *seriously* want the Legion of Substitute Heroes made into HeroClix, but given the new-52 DC direction, unless we get a 'Silver Age Goodness' set, I doubt we are likely to get any characters beyond Polar Boy ...and maybe Night Girl.
The good folks at DC Editorial are still trying to figure out a narrative mechanism to explain why Superboy/Supergirl/Mon-El/Ultra-Boy aren't sent on missions that could be solved by the brute strength provided by any pair of them, and so this issue introduces a wonderful element of 30th-century Silver Age zaniness: the Planetary Chance Machine. This is a peculiar form of lottery that spins and flings model planets at Legionnaires seated around the machine. Those struck by a flying planet are chosen to go on the mission!
Because of the long list of characters appearing in this issue, forgive me for not including all the dials. You can find all of them in our excellent units section!
The first set of Legionnaires chosen by the Planetary Chance Machine is probably the strongest of the three HeroClix forces. It can be built using several strong newer figures, and some great older stand-byes. The weak links are IMO the Cosmic JusticeSaturn Girl and the Rookie Chameleon from Unleashed. This version of Saturn Girl is the top-dial Mind-Control expert, so plan to use her that way. This is a keyword theme team, so Chameleon can be used to take action tokens for dice re-rolls.
After the first wave of Legionnaires was defeated by the technology of Throon, a force of five (or was it seven?) was sent on another "suicide mission". This HeroClix force doesn't have as much variety as the first team, so I think this is a good opportunity to use the additional team abilityLegion Lost to try to overcome the deficiencies of this force. My Triplicate Girl bias is shown below, but remember that the full Origin REV set also comes out to 150 points if you prefer more variety.
130 (LSH 006) Ultra Boy 78 (Superman 007) Star Boy 70 (LSH 003) Cosmic Boy
3x 50Experienced (Origin 053) Triplicate Girl 35 (Superman 025) Matter-Eater Lad
+ 28 Additional Team Ability Legion Lost
= 491 Points
After the second wave was defeated, there was no need to use the Planetary Chance Machine; the situation was all-hands-on-deck! There is no polite way to put it: the third wave force is made of a majority of figures that wouldn't make the first cut for a competitive HeroClix team. Missing from this lineup is the (unmade, as of 2012) Light Lass:
160Experienced (Origin 074) Valor (Mon-El) 115 (DC Giants 003) Colossal Boy 79 (Superman 022) Sun Boy 70 (Arkham Asylum 037) Element Lad 40 (LSH 005) Phantom Girl 30 (LSH 008) Shrinking Violet
= 494 Points
This force is not a keyword theme team. Valor has neither the Legion of Super Heroes nor the Future keywords shared by the other figures; Sun Boy lacks the Teen keyword common to all the others. I opted for the Experienced version of the Mon-El character from Origin because of the point total and the lack of other options. It is possible to use the Rookie Mon-El instead, and invest points in the Legion Lostadditional team ability, but that force ends up significantly below 500 points.
The Origin REV versions of Mon-El definitely show their age when compared to more recent Kryptonians of the 2012 era. If you really intend to play the above force, I wouldn't fault you from opting to substitute a more modern dial from a different (but similarly powered) character for the Experienced Valor:
E Valor Points: 160 Range: 8
Team: Legion of Superheroes
Keywords: L.E.G.I.O.N., Teen
I look forward to seeing these every Sunday! I really enjoy reading them.
That said, with the limited quality pieces we have in LSH, the teams are getting a little repetitive. Might it be time to explore another "longbox"?
I admit that I'm trying to keep my eyes on the repetitive aspect of the forces. This week offered the chance to make three different 500-point forces from the same issue, so I thought that was unique enough for an entry. I may do some jumping around to keep things fresh (for the Legion) and I have a couple ideas for Marvel-centered series.
As an aside, one of my conceits for tackling the Legion Longbox was specifically to offer a big thank you to WizKids for including so many LSH members in the 2011 Superman set(s). I'd been griping for a long time that unless we got certain members (Sun Boy especially for Silver Age) it was impossible to make roster-complete teams from most of the LSH run.
I think it's pretty impressive that I've been able to cover the first five years of the Legion with the only longtime characters not represented in HeroClix are: Light Lass, The Legion of Substitute Heroes, some of the Legion of Super Pets, Jimmy Olsen, and Lana Lang. I mention them in case WizKids is listening...
I love these as well. I wonder how a Silver Age Justice League of America one would fare...
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I'd like to see at least one Teen Titans-themed article in this series. Not a high priority, since there's a lot of old Titans not around, and most of the new teams were just the same 4-8 characters again and again until some of them quit or died. Still, it's a thought.
Your 1st team has Rookie Chameleon Boy listed as 35 points. He is, in fact, 30 points (used him all the time bitd). For the extra 5 points consider Double Time on Chameleon Boy to get to that Poison, or to Invisible Kid to get to that Perplex. If not, there are several 5 pt objects (Violet Lantern helps Saturn Girl) to use that may help. Superman's Defend is the only thing giving that team a chance IMO.